Pregnancy requires you to avoid some foods, some healthy, because they may contain
parasites, bacteria, or toxins that could harm both you and the baby. This is why a food safety
guide for pregnant women is very important.
Your first month of pregnancy is particularly very crucial because this is when the placenta is
developing, as well as your baby’s neural tube, heart, and digestive system. Pregnancy also
weakens your immune system making you more susceptible to germs that could cause food
We recommend that avoid containing listeria bacteria such as bean sprouts, pre-made pate,
sandwich meats, salads, and soft cheeses like ricotta, brie, blue cheese, camembert, and feta.
Avoid eating raw eggs in your first month of pregnancy, as it may contain salmonella.
Undercooked meat and poultry may also contain Campylobacter, E. coli, Toxoplasma gondii,
and Salmonella bacteria.
Pregnant women in their first trimester should also take much care of consuming fish. Fish
containing high levels of mercury such as shark, king mackerel, swordfish, and tile should be
avoided. The same applies to raw fish like sashimi and sushi.
We also recommend avoiding fish high in PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls), highly toxic industrial
compounds, such as bass, freshwater salmon, trout, bluefish, walleye, and pike.
More foods that contain E. coli and listeria bacteria include unpasteurized cider, juice, and milk,
cold hotdogs, and luncheon meat. Avoid raw sprouts as well because they carry E. coli
Fruits like raw papaya and pineapple are known to induce contractions, and so they should be
highly avoided in your first month. Alcohol consumption will affect fetal growth if consumed
heavily during the first trimester.
During the first month of pregnancy, you will also have to limit the intake of foods like cakes,
pastries, processed meats, pies, commercial burgers, pizza, and fried foods as they contain
high amounts of saturated fats.
Limit the intake of foods with added sugar such as energy drinks, confectioneries, sweetened
soft drinks, as well as salt. You will also have to limit the amount of caffeine you consume a day.
Let it not be more than 200-300mg a day.
Consider decaf coffee over regular coffee. Decaf differs from brand to brand, but when
compared to regular coffee, it contains little to no caffeine. The maximum strength could be
During the first month of pregnancy, focus more on:
· Drinking plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated is important
· Taking your prenatal vitamins in conjunction with a healthy diet
· Cutting down on junk food
· Consuming smaller meals at regular intervals
· Avoiding spicy and oily foods that could aggravate heartburns.
The most crucial thing to do, if you want your pregnancy to survive the first month, is to adhere
to a healthy and safe diet that will make sure your baby gets all the essential nutrients for
While you’re eating right, be careful not to skip any meals or prenatal vitamins recommended by
Even if you’re not pregnant yet, but you’re planning on trying to conceive, avoid some of these
foods. Knowing what a woman should and shouldn’t eat at the beginning of her pregnancy is
key to starting off her pregnancy journey on the right track.
It helps to be aware of some of the foods that are unsafe to consume to avoid infections that
could lead to a miscarriage even before your journey begins. Foodborne diseases can have
severe implications on pregnant women. Visit Childmode to learn more.
*Written by Nancy Baker founder of Childmode